Tim Tebow to be Red Zone Quarterback?

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MAY 24: Tim Tebow #15 and Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets work out at an organized team activity at the Atlantic Health Training Center on May 24, 2012 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)


I don't know what to make of this article this morning from ProFootballTalk. The article, in short, basically implies that every time the Jets get in the red zone this season, they are planning on taking Mark Sanchez out and replacing him with Tim Tebow. As much as I love Tebow, I don't understand how this is a good idea or why it's being considered (if it actually is).

First of all, the New York Jets were great in the red zone last season; only the Detroit Lions converted more touchdowns. That may be partially due to Plaxico Burress, but this year we have Stephen Hill instead. Replacing Sanchez with Tebow gives the team an additional runner/blocker for Shonn Greene or whomever we have in the backfield. Even Tebow can lob a throw up to Hill for the fade. But should we trust Tebow to throw the ball in the tight gaps of the condensed field that is the red zone? Why would we mess with what's already a great thing, and one of the few strengths for the Jets?

Honestly, I don't see it happening the way it seems to be described here. I think they'll probably start using Tebow as a blocker or a runner in the red zone, because it's easy for him to bully his way to the end zone, but to replace Sanchez completely, even a majority of the times? That sounds a bit loony, even for the Jets.

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